Blue Avenger Cracks the Code by Norma Howe

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"Unless and until someone can convince me otherwise, it's goodbye, Mr. Shakespeare--hello, Oxford!"

Rue is blue as Blue can be. A reporter can't get his name right; the city council is putting bullets back in guns; an unscrupulous software manufacturer has stolen a good friend's plans for a computer game; and worst of all, Omaha Nebraska Brown, the love of his life, has suddenly gone cold. Only setting out on a new quest can right these wrongs.

A wonderful English teacher gives Blue the challenge that sends him to meet a devious merchant in Venice, decode a mysterious cipher, and devote himself to the cause of Edward deVere, the Earl of Oxford (and, Blue is sure, the true and long-hidden author of the greatest plays in English). After desperate measures to avoid being alone in a gondola under the moon with a beautiful girl, true Blue returns to Omaha's waiting arms, and he finds a clever way for his friend to get credit for his inventions. But whether he can prove Oxford really wrote Shakespeare's plays is up to the reader.

Blue Avenger Cracks the Code is a great stand-alone book that will please Blue lovers grateful to see him back in action, and will give teachers and parents a whole new way to interest young readers in Shakespeare.
 

About Norma Howe

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Norma Howe is the author of The Adventures of Blue Avenger, which received starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal and Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. Bulletin named it one of its Blue Ribbon choices. Ms. Howe lives with her husband in Sacramento, California. They have five grown children.
 
Published September 1, 2000 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 296 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Those readers who met him in The Adventures of Blue Avenger (1999) will recall that as soon as San Pablo High School student David Schumacher changed his name to Blue Avenger, his life began to take on epic proportions, queerly similar to those of his comic-strip character of the same name.

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Almost instantly the skinny redhead becomes a hero, first by saving the high school principal from killer bees, then by secretly arranging treatment for an acne-ravaged friend and ultimately effecting an end to handgun violence in Oakland, Calif.--maybe even the entire U.S. In this canny and soph...

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The eponymous hero (aka David Bruce Schumacher) endures an identity crisis while trying to save his beloved Omaha Nebraska Brown from eviction in this third book in the series begun with The Adventures of Blue Avenger, Blue Avenger and the Theory of Everything by Norma Howe.

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Persuaded by his English teacher that the author of the plays attributed to Shakespeare is someone else, Blue quickly sets to work decoding Elizabethan anagrams and ciphers.

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In her breezy, iconoclastic style, Howe begins with a hyperbolic note that brings newcomers up to speed even as it throws down the gauntlet: ""Now that we've smoked out the bubble heads and goof-offs who think the highest praise they can give a book is I finished it in one day!--now that we under...

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In Norma Howe's first book, THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE AVENGER, her main character David Schumacher changes his name to "Blue Avenger" and becomes a self-made hero.

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